Texas Tort Reform Did Not Cut Health Care Costs, Study Says

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 8:48 PM ET) -- Nearly decadelong tort reforms in Texas intended to rein in malpractice suits against medical service providers have not lowered Medicare spending costs, subverting conventional wisdom on such reforms, the University of Texas School of Law announced Thursday.

Although the 2003 Texas tort reform resulted in a roughly 60 percent decline in claim rates, and payouts for each claim dropped by more than 30 percent, health care costs remained the same because the reforms did not necessarily decrease the so-called defensive tests and procedures that doctors order...
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